Monday, September 9, 2013
Confession time: I've recommended Swedish designer Gudrun Sjödén's vibrant line of funky, creative clothing to many friends and clients. I did this for two reasons: The first is that I've never seen anything quite like her designs, which are loose and forgiving but also arty and eye-catching. The second is that I passed along my very first Gudrun catalog to my old boss - a petite, apple-shaped woman who was, hands down, one the best-dressed human beings I've ever met - and she ADORED the pieces she ordered and wore. All that said, I'd never tried or worn any of Gudrun's designs myself.
Until now! And I'm thrilled (and relieved) to report that they're every bit as comfortable and well-made as I'd hoped. I was sent the Krumelur eco-cotton/modal jersey tunic to try and keep.*
This tunic makes me deeply happy. It's fitted toward the top and flares at the bottom, which is pretty much my ideal shape. The print is such fun - quirky for sure, but done in a subdued palette so it doesn't veer off into psychedelia. And construction is top-notch. Just love the subtle ruching detail at the left shoulder. This may be my first, Gudrun piece, but I'm certain it will not be my last. (Sizing note: Garments run fairly large. I took a size small and am typically a size medium/8-10 in mall sizes.)
I'm unspeakably excited to be partnering with Gudrun Sjödén for a giveaway! The winner will be able to select the garment of her choice from the Gudrun website. Here's what you've got to do to enter:
- Visit Gudrun Sjödén and peruse the gorgeous offerings.
- Leave a comment on this post telling us which garment you'd select from the shop if you won, and A VALID E-MAIL. Comments without a valid e-mail in the comment will be disqualified. (Best policy: note your e-mail like this: sally [at] alreadypretty [dot] com)
- Cross your fingers!
Monday, August 12, 2013
Monday, August 5, 2013
Many of you heard of swimsuitsforall when they launched a high-profile collaboration with Gabifresh earlier this year. Most of that collection has long since sold out, but the company continues to make utterly fabulous swimwear for sizes 8 - 34, including suits designed for long-waisted women. They've got lots of full coverage options, but also plenty of sexy bikinis in funky prints and lovely solids. This company truly strives to offer swimwear options for women who have struggled for years to find suits that fit and flatter.
I'm absolutely thrilled to be partnering with Swimsuits for All for this week's giveaway!
As you can see, this is a FABULOUS prize package that includes a Tory Burch beach bag, Deborah Lippman polish, a copy of my book, and your choice of suit from the swimsuitsforall website! Here's what you've got to do to enter:
- Visit swimsuitsforall and peruse the gorgeous offerings.
- Sign up for the Swimsuits for All e-newsletter. Sign up is below "RIDE THE s4a WAVE & SAVE" near bottom right on the homepage. You must do this to qualify.
- Leave a comment on this post telling us which suit you'd select from the shop if you won, and A VALID E-MAIL. Comments without a valid e-mail in the comment will be disqualified. (Best policy: note your e-mail like this: sally [at] alreadypretty [dot] com)
- Cross your fingers!
Monday, July 22, 2013
Monday, July 15, 2013
Minneapolis isn't a terribly rainy city most years, but we've had LOADS of rain so far this spring and summer and I'm sure there's more to come. So when the folks at Ella Umbrella reached out, I was eager to work with them. The company is locally owned, and stocks windproof, travel, golf, and many other styles of umbrellas. Many of which feature gorgeous prints and thoughtful design details.
I have a sky-print umbrella that I adore, but it is a hook style and quite large. In addition to the local rain we've been experiencing, I'm planning for an upcoming trip to a rainy clime so I opted for a collapsible style. I was sent this Marimekko Lumimarja Auto Lux Umbrella to review and keep.*
This is a $69 umbrella, which seems like a lot of dough. But I've been using cheapie collabsibles for decades and let me tell you there's a reason the Auto Lux is spendy. It is WORLDS better than every other collapsible I've ever used. For starters, the compact case actually has a zipper, making it a thousand times easier to slip the collapsed umbrella back in. The action is remarkably smooth - lacking the jerkiness of most similar models - and the construction is sturdy, holding up admirably to fairly gusty wind. When you're holding this umbrella, you can just tell it's a high-quality model. And, of course, it's awfully pretty.
I'm a sucker for a Marimekko print - Ella Umbrella stocks seven - and this elegant neutral has won my heart.
I'm delighted to be partnering with Ella Umbrella to offer one Already Pretty reader the umbrella of her choice, value up to $69! Here's what you've got to do to enter:
- Be a U.S. resident.
- Visit Ella Umbrella and peruse the gorgeous offerings.
- Leave a comment on this post telling us which umbrella you'd select from the shop if you won, and A VALID E-MAIL. Comments without a valid e-mail in the comment will be disqualified. (Best policy: note your e-mail like this: sally [at] alreadypretty [dot] com)
- Cross your fingers!
Thursday, June 27, 2013
Friends, I feel like Diane Kennedy is such a hidden gem of a designer. (Or, anyway, hidden to me as a non-Canadian!) Her gorgeous garments are made in Canada from 100% certified organic bamboo and she designs from a size Small through 3X. From the company site:
"All of our premium quality garments are ethically produced by local factories paying fair wages in Vancouver, BC. Made in Canada is taken to heart at Diane Kennedy; our regular and plus size clothing is designed in Vancouver, our fabric is knitted in Canada, and even our labels are locally made."
Amazing, right? And the clothes themselves are artistic, eye-catching, and fun to wear.
I was sent the Explore Tunic and Rejuvenate Legging - both in size medium - to try and keep.* Both pieces are fabulously soft and comfortable. I love the asymmetric detailing on the tunic, though I found the shallow cowl neckline a little fussy. I was amazed to find that a drop-waist like this could work for my figure, and am excited to try this tunic with other bottoms. The leggings fit beautifully without pinching, hit fairly high on my waist, and have held up beautifully to washing. They're spendy at $95 a pop, but made from organic materials through fair trade practices AND available through 3X in black, gray, navy, and a rich purple.
I'm honored to have been able to partner with such an amazing organization, and hope that some of you will explore Diane Kennedy's offerings! To that end, the company is offering Already Pretty readers a 15% discount on total purchase now through July 27. Just enter PRETTY15 when you check out to get the discount. Thanks to Diane Kennedy!